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Valentin Baca

Some key features of iTerm:

  • Free
  • Lightweight / Fast
  • Easily and highly customizable, but also "just works" out of the box
  • Configurable notifications (show me the bell sound, don't make that godawful noise)
  • Color tabs
  • Switching between tabs with Command+1, Command+2, etc.
  • Command+Clicking a url (say in my notes open in Vim) goes to the page! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this feature. Caveat: it has had a security issue in the past, so be aware to not hover over sensitive data while holding Cmd.
  • Panes
  • Tmux integration (if you're not using tmux or screen or something equivalent, start now)
  • Optional Cmd+Q protection (redundant with tmux, but still nice)

Essentially, the only reason not to install iTerm is if you don't have permissions to install apps :)

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Vasil Vasilev Author

I loved your answer!
Totally agree with you iTerm is LOVE :D